Drinking and Academic Performance in High School

39 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2006 Last revised: 28 Aug 2010

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Jeffrey S. DeSimone

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Amy M. Wolaver

Bucknell University - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

We investigate the extent to which negative alcohol use coefficients in GPA regressions reflect unobserved heterogeneity rather than direct effects of drinking, using 2001 and 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data on high school students. Results illustrate that omitted factors are quite important. Drinking coefficient magnitudes fall substantially in regressions that control for risk and time preference, mental health, self-esteem, and consumption of other substances. Moreover, the impact of binge drinking is negligible for students who are less risk averse, heavily discount the future, or use other drugs. However, effects that remain significant after accounting for unobserved heterogeneity and are relatively large for risk averse, future oriented and drug free students suggest that binge drinking might slightly worsen academic performance. Consistent with this, the relationship between grades and drinking without binging is small and insignificant on the extensive margin and positive on the intensive margin.

Suggested Citation

DeSimone, Jeffrey S. and Wolaver, Amy M., Drinking and Academic Performance in High School (January 2005). NBER Working Paper No. w11035. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=645277

Jeffrey S. DeSimone (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics ( email )

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Arlington, TX 76019
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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Amy M. Wolaver

Bucknell University - Department of Economics ( email )

Lewisburg, PA 17837
United States

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